Many men who had traumatic sexual experiences struggle with disrupted relationships and careers as well as physical and mental health issues including depression, substance abuse, and self-destructive or violent behaviors. These men often seek (or are mandated into) treatment for a range of health and behavioral issues without disclosing – or even recognizing – the role that their negative experiences play in their current problems. Because of socialized expectations about manhood, therapists and other professional sometimes do not adequately consider the potential negative effects of sexual abuse or assault during assessment or treatment.
Current Trainings and Presentation Programs
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Overview of Trainings and Presentations
1in6 offers several training programs that explore the impacts of sexual abuse or assault. These trainings highlight the most relevant issues for advocates and service providers from across a range of fields and levels of professional expertise. Trainings vary from a non-clinical presentation to a two-day training that’s ideal for clinicians and other advocates. All are appropriate for conferences, local and regional agency workshops, or as stand-alone seminars. Every training we offer address those aspects of men’s lives – both positive and negative – that can affect their ability and willingness to address harmful experiences. These include race, class, nationality, immigration status, ability, religion, sexual orientation and other influences that must be respected and honored if real understanding and healing are to happen.
1in6 trainings increase advocates’ and service providers’ awareness of the many potential impacts of traumatic sexual experiences on men’s mental and physical health. This knowledge and understanding fosters greater understanding and compassion, and more effective services. Earlier identification of this common underlying source of suffering, paired with more effective interventions, can prevent many negative emotional, social and physical outcomes. Bottom lines: Enhancing the well-being of men and their families and communities.
Considers the particular ways men may respond differently to sexual trauma, and explores how providers working with men can remain sensitive & receptive to this possible underlying source.
This interactive presentation may challenge you to rethink current assumptions, examine expectations & to employ a lens of masculinity to enhance your existing skills when working with men. This workshop explores:
- Common misunderstandings about men and sexual abuse
- Special barriers men face in disclosing childhood abuse
- How cultural norms may inhibit men from seeking treatment
- The importance and role of language in advocacy & education
- Helpful audit tools for program effectiveness
- Discussion of existing resources and the challenge of finding therapists specifically trained to work with male survivors of sexual abuse
- Guidance on the critical need to remain neutral when raising the issue of sexual abuse or responding to a disclosure
Advocates working with men on telephone or online support lines may encounter particular challenges to engaging men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences. This 90-minute workshop is for SV/DV program developers as well as outreach, prevention & response teams and other professionals looking to further engage male survivors of childhood sexual abuse through traditional and innovative outreach strategies.
This workshop includes:
- A discussion of specific scenarios and issues that might arise working with male survivors in crisis.
- An examination of misunderstandings and fears that might discourage a man from disclosing sexual abuse experiences .
- An assessment of ways that core skills might be modified to work more effectively with male survivors.
- A review of the effects of childhood sexual trauma on male survivors and how it sometimes differs from the effects on female survivors.
- An exploration of socialized biases and beliefs about men that might impact participants’ effectiveness in working with male survivors.
Boys and Men Healing -Film screening and Discussion
- Internal and socialized barriers to accessing effective treatment
- Influences of race, nationality, class, sexual orientation, immigration status and ability on impact and response
- How to find and assess available resources
- Guidance about talking supportively with a man about his experiences
A one-day introductory training on male sexual victimization, which offers a primer on the basic concepts, theories and approaches to working with male survivors to frontline professionals and volunteers. In many respects, the training can serve as a prerequisite for participants wanting to engage in effective intervention strategies with this population. Read More >>
1in6 is dedicated to reaching those who want and need training from all across the country, regardless of location. As such, our webinar offerings provide those who work with men the tools they need to better serve their clientele, from the comfort of their office chair. Read More >>
Tracey Awad, Training Coordinator, at tracey(at)1in6.org and sign up for our 1in6 Training and Engagement Newsletter!